Synonyms of polish in English:


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1‘I polished his shoes’


shine, wax, buff, rub up, rub down

gloss, burnish, brighten, smooth

varnish, oil, glaze, lacquer, enamel, japan, shellac

archaic furbish

2‘it's time to polish up your essay’


perfect, refine, improve, hone, embellish, enhance, put the final touches to, put the finishing touches to

brush up, revise, copy-edit, correct, emend, rewrite, rephrase, rescript, go over, touch up, finish off

informal clean up


1‘shoe polish’


wax, varnish, glaze, lacquer, enamel, japan, shellac

2‘this process achieves a good surface polish’


shine, gloss, lustre, sheen, sparkle, patina, finish, smoothness

3‘he had changed, with all his polish and scholarship’


sophistication, refinement, urbanity, suavity, suaveness, elegance, style, grace, finish, accomplishment, finesse, subtlety, distinction, taste, cultivation, culture, politeness, civility, gentility, breeding, courtesy, courteousness, manners, good manners

informal class

humorous couth


    polish something off

      1‘he had polished off an apple pie and a strawberry milkshake’


      eat up, finish, consume, devour, eat greedily, guzzle, feast on, binge-eat, wolf down, down, bolt

      drink up, empty, drain, quaff, gulp, gulp down


      binge on, stuff one's face with, stuff oneself with, get outside of, murder, pack away, put away, scoff, scoff down, shovel down, pig oneself on, pig out on, sink, swill, knock back, get one's laughing gear round

      British informal

      shift, gollop, bevvy

      North American informal

      scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, inhale, chug


      ingurgitate, bib

      2‘a third enemy plane tried to polish him off’


      destroy, put an end to, finish off, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, eliminate, kill, liquidate


      bump off, knock off, do in, blow away, take out

      North American informal

      rub out

      3‘I'll polish off the last few pages’


      complete, finish, deal with, wrap up, accomplish, execute, discharge, do, get done, fulfil, achieve, attain, end, conclude, close, bring to a close, bring to a conclusion, bring to a end, finalize, stop, cease, terminate, round off, wind up


      sew up, have something sewn up